Rangers presented chance to lay down Championship marker as rival trio prepare for Ibrox test
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Rangers can lay down Champions marker as rival trio prepare to visit Ibrox

It was another three points for Premiership Champions Rangers as they visited Dundee but even the most ardent bluenose will admit the club was perhaps lucky to escape Dens Park with a 1-0 victory.

Rangers are not anywhere near their best – nor at the standard expected by the club’s fans – and yet they sit atop the Scottish Premiership after seven games.

For many, the club’s continuing ability to grind out results (most of the time) is the sign of Champions, a surefire signifier that the Ibrox side are destined to lift 56 come May.

There is truth in this – it’s a sign of an experienced team who know what it takes to go the distance.


But what’s also true is that on two occasions already this season the Ibrox club have come up short both in terms of performance and result.

Whilst at times it’s not come to fruition for Rangers, the former very often leads to the latter.

Last season Rangers rode their luck on several occasions and in many ways got off with poor performances to record an unbeaten season.

Livingston, Hibs, Motherwell, Hamilton and St Johnstone.

So far this season the Ibrox side have not been able to ride their luck so much, losing the club’s 40 match unbeaten record to Dundee United and stumbling at home to Motherwell.

This alone is evidence that there has been a decline in domestic standards.

Steven Gerrard has admitted his side has not quite reached the heights of the last campaign. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

No-one is suggesting Rangers should be matching the intensity of the club’s triumphant league title win last season.

There is a reason why there’s only four times in Scottish footballing history teams have gone unbeaten in the top flight.

But with bigger tests to come Rangers need to show more urgency, intent and quality with the club’s luck only stretching so far against the likes of spot-kick missing Dundee.

October is primed to be a pivotal month for the Gers with Hibs (03/10), Hearts (16/10) and then Aberdeen (27/10) visiting Ibrox.

Champions Rangers are six points clear of closest rivals Celtic already. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If 56 really is the club’s destiny this season – and a lack of genuine competition makes the notion otherwise fanciful – then what an opportunity to lay down a marker in the coming weeks.

On current form the Edinburgh sides pose our two biggest threats and by getting results in these matches it will send out a message to the rest of the league as to why we’re Champions.

And how we intend to be so again come May.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard also praised one under-fire star who was named as the Man of the Match in the clash with Celtic.

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